GMAT Quantitative Overview
The GMAT Quantitative Math portion of this important exam, also commonly referred to as the quant section, aims at testing your ability to analyze data that is given to you in a number of formats and then using that data to draw conclusions using reasoning and problem-solving skills. There are 31 questions that test your abilities in these areas, and you’ll have 62 minutes to complete the section-this is standard testing procedure no matter where you take the test.
Understanding the Quant Section
The quant section tests your content and analytical knowledge of basic math concepts, such as arithmetic, algebra, and geometry. Most often you only need a high school level of math with some algebra and very basic advanced math concepts to get a high score on the Quant Section of the GMAT.
The 2 Types of GMAT Quant Questions
There are only two basic types of GMAT quantitative questions that you will see on the test: data sufficiency and problem-solving. Knowing the type of problem you are looking at can help you get the correct answer and get it faster:
Value questions require that you to find a numerical value of some component or problem- what’s the value of 5x in the problem? For these kinds of questions, if you’re able to find a specific value they are asking for with the information they gave you, then that statement is sufficient.
Yes/no questions ask you whether or not something is true or not- is y an even number in the problem? For yes/no questions, a definitive yes or a definitive no answer are both considered sufficient. An answer that is sometimes yes or sometimes no is not sufficient.
Tips for Making Test Day Easier
Even with the best of review and study, it is normal to feel nervous the day of the test. This is a big deal and the GMAT can affect your academic life so nerves are to be expected. But here are some tips to help make test day easier for you:
Read the Question Twice Before Starting
One of the most common mistakes you can make on the GMAT is to answer the wrong question. Look for not questions- all of these are correct except which one and what is not a possible answer for x. You do not want to get a question wrong simply because you thought they were asking for something different.
Work the Problem Backwards If You Get Stuck
If you have a problem that asks you to solve for a specific value, and you are not sure where to start figuring out the right answer, remember that the test has already given you the right number. All you have to do is find the wrong answers and remove them. You can work backward by plugging in the possible answers until you find one that works. This will take more time, so try to not do this for every problem, just the ones you are stuck on.